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government as well. guest: years ago when he met with hamid karzai at a dinner, someone said to him, mr. president, how are you going to address this problem of corruption? in fact, he said, what problem? joe biden, famously -- dinner was over -- he threw his napkin down and said, this dinner is over, and walked out. nothing has happened to defrost his relations with president karzai. both biden and richard holbrooke have terrible relations with karzai. host: james traub is with us to talk about the influence of joe biden. republicans, 202-737-0001. democrats, 202-737-0002. independents, 202-628-0205. you can send us an e-mail or tweet us at. next phone call. caller: i think our president is doing very well. if we wanted joe biden as president, he would be president. i like the idea that our president is intelligent. he is not a puppet, like the last eight years. i think he is doing what he is supposed to be doing. host: james traub? guest: i guess i would agree, in general. he believes he could be a good president. i believe this is almost a desirable alternative. he is a very knowledg
stated to be beginning about 18 months after to give karzai and his regime enough time to stand up and fight for itself. we will see. host: we have our numbers on the screen and we will get to the calls in immelman. -- in a moment. you laid out a number of issues which have to be practical issues that have to be dealt with, but the fact of the matter is that you bring vietnam and it becomes a political issue as well. tell us how you view this as a political issue. guest: the lesson that we need to learn, i think, from john kennedy's experience is this. he was with -- he was withdrawing at the time. we have the classified documents. but he did not tell the truth to the american people why? for political reasons. he wanted to get it reelected in 1964. he had begun to order the withdrawal in 1963. host: and these would have been the trainer said you talked about. guest: 16,000 of visors, not combat troops. but my point is that obama should not repeat that experience. he is clearly going to do the best that we can in a given amount of time, but what we face the prospect -- if we face t
to the afghan government and to america today. just as president karzai was swearing in new cabinet members, suicide bombers attacked downtown kabul. at least five people died, dozens were wounded. cnn's dan rivers was there. >> reporter: a pitched battle in the center of kabul, afghan forces fought for more than three hours with taliban insurgents holed up in several buildings. we've been listening to sustained gunfire coming from down the road. you can see in the distance there is a building on fire which we believe may be a market and we're being told that there are a number of taliban fighters who are attacking near the serena hotel right in the heart of kabul and a lot of gunfire and explosions going on. people in the center of kabul were running for their lives. women and children terriified and confused. some angry they hadn't seen any isaf troops. >> you can see all these afghan soldiers. there no one from foreign troops. counter insurgency, there's insurgents and there's the place that they should cooperate shoulder to shoulder with us. with the government of afghanistan. >> report
. >>> the afghan parliament has overwhelmingly rejected the new cabinet of president hamid karzai. 17 of 24 nominations were rejected by afghan lawmakers. the vote is a serious setback for karzai, coming on the heels of his controversial re-election as president. >>> somehow, some way, a suicide bomber managed to slip onto a u.s. base in afghanistan without being searched, killing seven cia officers. now a terror group is taking credit for wednesday's attack, praising a possible double agent. cnn's atea bowie is in kabul with the very latest. >> reporter: the question that remains is just how a suicide bomber was able to make it onto an american base in eastern afghanistan, detonate his vest and kill seven cia agents. american officials here in afghanistan still are not talking about just how he was able to do that. the taliban claiming that he was actually an afghan soldier, a soldier that they were able to convince to switch allegiances rather than fighting with the u.s. forces, fighting against the u.s. forces. and the taliban claimed that they will continue to infiltrate the afghan army
memories of the taliban. while embattled president hamid karzai is riding his post election wave of hope. polling in afghanistan is daunting and dangerous. abc news and our partners here sent 168 pollsters out across the country door to door taking the pulse of 1,500 people also asking them about ordinary life here. for instance, that covering for women, the burqa, should it be the husband's decision or hers? in this country, a split decision. women say they should decide. the majority of men say it's the husband's choice. this woman added perspective "my husband's not the problem, she says, it's the taliban i'm afraid of. >> general stanley mcchrystal is the top u.s. commander in afghanistan and the architect of the troop surge now under way. she asked him if the strategy is working. >> reporter: have you done it? have you turned the tide? >> i believe we're doing that now. we've changed the way we operate in afghanistan, we've changed some of our structures. we're on the way to convincing the afghan people that we are here to protect them. >> reporter: do americans have to brace themse
seek to harm america. >> the afghan parliament is turning thumbs down on most of president hamid karzai's cabinet appointments. for the second time, lawmakers have rejected the ma jrt of the president's nominees. just seven of the 17 ministers are in office. members of parliament complained some nominees are too cozy with afghan warlords and others too cozy with the afghan operations. the president is leaning on him to get his government in place before an international conference on afghanistan later this month. >>> it's been almost 20 years since rodney king was beaten by l.a. police. who could forget the videotape images we all saw. now some officers say videotaping them making arrests violates their privacy and actually arrested people who do it. what do you have to say about that? >>> the cdc certainty for disease controls says as many as 60 americans may have died from h1n1 virus since december of last year. nearly 80 million americans could have become swick from the swine flu. the cdc says both numbers are on the high end of estimates and the number could be closer to 39 million
nominees for president karzai's cabinet. one of them was the only female nominee. what does this say about the is stability of afghanistan? >> reporter: it could say two things right now. it could say one, that the afghan government were not obviously happy with president karzai's choices. many parliamentarians have said he basically chose people who helped him during the campaign that he made promises to so he could get the presidency again. another way of looking at this, it's democracy in action. here you have the parliament who are turning down president karzai's choices. we should mention two weeks earlier when i asked the president at a press conference why he didn't have more female choices, he had only had one in his list, he conceded that he knew the parliament would reject a lot of his choices and he told me he expects to have more and more females within this cabinet and women throughout the government. >> brooke. >> an tillal, thank you. >>> we will take an inside look at what is being called the world's newest, tallest building. first though, our random moment in 90 seconds. >
actually bring peace? afghan president hamid karzai says that the u.s. and europe are warming up to the idea of talking with taliban fighters. the goal? convincing them to stop fighting and to rejoin afghan society. for more on this, let's bring in atia abawi, this has critics and p proponents. what's the latest? >> reporter: absolutely. this isn't anything new when it comes to the afghan government. president karzai himself has been pushing for it for the last several years. he has a reconciliation department where they've been reaching out to various members of the taliban and different insurgency groups throughout the country. i actually spoke to two former taliban fighters and government officials during the taliban regime, and they say the reason that they're coming to the side of the afghan government is because they want the fighting to stop. they want peace in afghanistan. but we also have to look back altogether last monday, the attacks that we saw here in the capital city, it was just going on for hours on end. gunfire, explosions, that was caused by the taliban. and th
levin just returned from afghanistan. >> another thing to watch is whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration of those lower level taliban which will chip away at the power at the taliban and help support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> reporter: u.s. commanders acknowledge the need to bring at least some lower level taliban leaders into the political and social fabric of afghanistan. general stanley mcchrystal, the top military commander, when asked if the taliban could play a role in the future of afghanistan said, i think any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future and not the past. but reality remains harsh. u.s. troops continue their push into helmand province in the south. the next target? the marjah area, yet another taliban strong hold. and in north waziristan, bad new pz p the pakistani military has told the u.s. it's delayed further combat operations here. that will give unsurge ents more time to consolidate and possibly launch new attacks into afghanistan. u.s. military intelligence calculates the taliban
the number of civilians and increase the civilian component capability of the karzai government. >> one official says, quote, the attack will be a venged, unquote, but it was the most deadly attack against the cia since the war began, and one said it was the deadliest attack on the embassy since 1993 which killed two agents. >>> two boys who had been missing for 11 years have been found safe, and the mother taken into custody is accused of kidnapping them. this is the picture taken back in 1998. the mother was arrested yesterday in pennsylvania. the boys are now 15 and 17. local authorities say they found them after a social worker became suspicious because of things that they said about their past. the father, i just can't get over it. >> i was listening to a voice message when i turned white as a ghost, is about what i was told. i know i was shaking, too, a little bit. my girlfriend calmed me down. >> the mother says she's a victim of domestic violence and her sons are victims of sexual abuse. police say there is no merit to her claims. her ex-husband says he hopes she spends some tim
on this monday morning, fox news alert. afghanistan's president karzai says security has been restored there after one of the biggest attacks in the capital city of kabul. take a look at this new video out of afghanistan where fighting between taliban militants and afghan forces have left at least five people dead. dozens more injured. a taliban spokesman says that 20 armed militants stormed the capital city targeting several government buildings. reports say several people were killed after separate homicide attack outside a kabul shopping center. that man right there who breached security at jfk airport causing the terminal to be evacuated said he did it by mistake. he says he got lost while trying to leave the airport to find a taxi. he was returning to new york from haiti where he fled the earthquake. the security breach delayed dozens of flights and travelers waited hours to be rescreened. he's now free on bail right now. of course, martin luther king jr. day today. a day when we remember the civil rights leader's "i have a dream" speech. >> yes, we're passing through a hard wint
barack obama, a push from president hamid karzai and all the na nato-led countries is to increase security forces so eventually they can take over the burden of protecting afghanistan. but the fear here is right now the taliban will take advantage of that and actually try to infiltrate. i was out with the ana recruiters just a couple weeks ago, and it really looked to be more about quantity than it was about quality. >> that would be a problem, atia, as you know. we understand the taliban, and meanwhile, has come out with a year-end statement. what are you hearing they're saying there? >> reporter: this is quite surprising. the taliban on their website also came out with a year-end 2009 statement saying that they're very happy and calling 2009 a very successful year when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their fighting on the front lines and their propaganda. well, they say their public relations with the media. and they also have a look ahead for 2010, and they say they'll start launching major military operations in april. that's no big surprise because that is consid
karzai and with his cabinet on numerous occasions, notably with the trip that hillary clinton and i had made to afghanistan on october 18 and 19 in conjunction with the inauguration. the afghans understood this, they are very comfortable with it. so i need to underscore that's what july 2011 means. not a withdraw, but the start of a responsibility transition in which american combat troops will begin to draw down. on the second question and in regard to pakistan, i'm not sure quite how you phrase it. strobe, you made a generic comment? >> mike hamlin and his colleagues have put together a set of bench marks on sort of how things are going. and the trend that they feel they have identified in pakistan is ominous, negative by comparison with a year ago. >> yeah. i read mike's monthly, it's quarterly, actually, isn't it? i read mike's quarterly table with great interest. and it helped -- influenced me a lot as we tried to develop our own benchmarks. but i think we have to be very careful about two things. maybe three things. one, let's not confuse input and output. it's a very common probl
while karzai had to survive while he was being neglected, he is a pashtun. however, he is a peaceful one. his father was a parliamentarian. he himself is not pocketing money, or whatever. host: we're going to let it go there and let john newman reply. guest: i know we are short on time. it is crucial and my son talked to me about all the time how important it is, and the soldiers know that, to treat the local population while group a lot of their medics were training kids from the -- were treating kids from the village who were being hurt by the mortars from the taliban who could not shoot them very well. and we are expanding considerably the civilian effort t. host: how does that compare with vietnam? guest: we suffered in the early years of the war for not having paid attention to that. host: jon newman teaches courses in soviet, chinese, and east asian history. this is his book. you can try to track and online. thanks for being with us this morning. that will about do it for washed -- for "washington journal" this morning. we will be back at 7:00 a.m. eastern tomorro
, we have bad memories of the taliban. while embattled president hamid karzai is ridi his post election wave of hope. polling in afghanistan is daunting and dangerous. abc news and our partners here sent 168 pollsters out all across the country door-to-door taking the pulse of more than 1,500 people. asking them about ordinary life here. for instance, that covering for women, the burqa, should it be the husband's decision or hers? in this untry, a split decision. women say they should decide. the majority of men say it's the husband's choice. this woman added perspective. "my husband's not the problem," she says. "it's the taliban i'm afraid of." and sometimes small signs of progress. 60% of our polls say they have cell phones. every single one of you? but 85% of them say they have no refrigerator, and in this poor country, few have hope of such a thing. and one more sobering number. more than half of afghans say they have never been to school. >> you can see more of diane's reporting from afghanistan on a special edition of "world news." >>> there's unexpected fallout from senate major
. but if he begins to show that president karzai in afghanistan starts to reform governance, that they begin to deal with corruption, perhaps they can begin to secure some areas outside of kabul where the government has control but it doesn't in a lot of other areas in that country. if they show at that trajectory is going the right direction, i think that will help in 2010. the other point i would make very quickly, 2010, american troops will begin to start coming back from iraq. that means that the president will be fulfilling a promise that he made during the campaign to return american service members from that countries are from that war. that may help a little bit. >> even symbolically, that help. dan, thanks so much. sam, cokie, great to see you. over to sam champion with some of this year's new year's resolutions. >> yeah, call it the personal policymaking. nearly half of americans will make a new year's resolutions. only half of us, i think that's generous, will stick to them after six months. what are the most popular promises that we make to ourselves? the number one resolution, o
of afghanistan. karzai asking for half a billion dollars to set up taliban fighters in homes, only if they promise to stop fighting. they are discussing troop levels for nato. >>> will he stay or go? wall street watching closely today. the vote on whether ben bernanke gets to keep his job. >>> your tax dollars at work and also at risk. we will look at the stimulus money. is it creating all sorts of opportunities for the wrong people? an exclusive report at the search for scammers. >>> all this week we have been tracking the tax dollars that make up the government stimulus program. some of the projects created jobs, and others merely raising eyebro eyebrows. >> reporter: kentucky construction magnet lawson on trial this week for bribing the official in the last decade to win big projects, but that did not stop the lawson family companies from winning $24 million in recovery act contracts. the company should have been suspended forbidding within stimulus work after 45 days after he was indicted. according to the department of transportation rule, even though he pleaded not guilty. bu
's cabinet today and they're choosing which of president karzai's nominees will be part of the new government. several were members of last administration, which was hampered by allegations of widespread corruption. the nominees clinclude one woma to the post of minister of women's affairs. >>> the need for counterterrorism intelligence that may be behind a deadly bomb attack in eastern afghanistan. >> a couple of claims now of who is responsible for the attack that killed seven cia officers this week. it happened eight forward operating base with the border near pakistan. chris lawrence has more. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence official sell tels cnn the main purpose of a cia base is to recruit informants and that may have made it a target for retaliation. one of the prime suspects in the suicide bombing is a network based across the boarder in pakistan where the u.s. has increased its drone attacks. the group is aligned with the afghan taliban and al qaeda and have a strong presence. some reports say the bomber was recruited as potential informant but that doesn't explain the security failur
of the day. the fighting continued well after afghan president hamid karzai declared the situation under control. taliban militants, it's estimated to be about 12 of them, stormed multiple government buildings, including the ministry of justice, the ministry of finance, and the fight be continued into a shopping mall, into a movie theater, and as you said, this is a well coordinated, very well organized attack. just about an hour or so after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled into a police checkpoint, presumably to bring aid to, help those who had been injured but it ended up being taliban fighters who detonated a bomb and killed at least one person at that checkpoint. in total today, five people were killed and more than 40 were injured, but considering the scale of the size of this attack that went over multiple miles, most of downtown kabul, the loss of life was relatively small, but still, a very deadly and sad day here in kabul. gregg: connor, these incidents in kabul are happening more and more. what kind of impact with they -- are they having? >> a devastating impact,
for a second term as more express anger over the handling of the financial crisis. >>> hamid karzai is pushing a machine to pay those to lay down guns. the fed secretary roberts gates recognizes -- >> the germans will toss in a beer, if anyone likes a heineken. you aren't going to go deliver beer at night unless you won't get shot and get a big tip. >> defense secretary robert gates recognizing that politics that play into afghan politics. the group must take on a legitimate role. >>> and toyota is working to fix a mechanical problem that led to the recall of 2.3 million cars in the u.s. the gas pedal in several models can be stuck. >> that's what i tell the cops when i get pulled over many. >> this comes months after concerns that floor mats could affect the accelerator. it affects camry, avalon, and corolla models. >> what that was car back in the '70s? amc -- >> the pinto. >> sure. >> you look at it wrong, and it would blow up. >> ralph nader wrote a book on it. >>> sports. yesterday, we showed you pictures of tiger woods at the sex rehab clinic. today, we have radio conversations from the
barack obama, this is a push from president hamid karzai of afghanistan, and the nato-led can countries involved in the mission. the taliban say they will take advantage of that. joe? >> and we're also hearing about some type of a year-end message that was sent out by the taliban for 2009. what do they have to say in that? >> reporter: well, right now we're seeing a very confident taliban. the taliban have been confident for the past eight years, but this last year, 2009, their confidence has grown a lot. they had a year-end review in 2009 and a look-ahead for 2010, they're calling 2009 a very successful year. when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their military operations on the front line, as well as their public relations with the media. as for 2010, they're saying that they're going to launch major military operations come april. and that is the springtime, and obviously the beginning of what's known as the fighting season here in afghanistan. joe? >> atia abawi in kabul, thanks for that reporting. >>> and president obama is wishing the nation a happy new year, the presi
karzai's presence because he was so disgusted by the corruption there. and gere toi and we're going to build an army out of that? >> and we have an extensively western base allied to us. but we all know, this is a tribal-based country. the british came and went. the russians came and went. to me, it's just a mystery what we're trying to really do. >> elisabeth bumiller, thank you very much. a great article. >> thanks. thanks. >> it's a frustrating situation and a frustrating country. >> it is. and also, we deal with our own security and how we shore that up. because even all these years later, we find ourselves almost as at risk after 9/11. >> i want someone to commission a poll on body studies. i bet you have 95% of the americans saying, go ahead, we don't care. >>> coming up next, "all things at once," it is not a book so much as it is a way of life. we're going to preview mika's book. it's going to change not only your life, but i would guess america. we'll be right back. ( whistling ) ( sniffing ) missing something? now at sears optical, get 2 pairs of glasses for $99.99. or tak
proposed by president karzai. this is the second cabinet he put forward. the international community was hoping for a strong government to prevent ordinary afghans from siding with the taliban. >>> in our top story, clean water, food, shelter, people in the capital city need all of them, of course. one of the most immediate needs is burial space. we should warn you here some of the images you are about to see are very disturbing. as carl penhal reports, people are burying the dead anywhere and any way they can. >> reporter: the stench from a corpse mixes with the smell of sugar cane alcohol. i've just been driving along the -- through the city of port-au-prince and have just come along to men literally digging a hole in the ground to bury one of their loved ones. they're passing around a bottle of alcohol and say that first of all we should tip the alcohol in the ground. that's for the spirits of their loved ones. >> we went to a funeral place, they ain't got no more room. they throw the body away. we picked up the body and came down with the body and try to dig a hole so we can make
karzai expected to continue to push for the removal of certain taliban figures from this list as part of a reconciliation effort. a yale lab technician is hit with a new murder charge now in the death of 24-year-old annie lei. raymond clark is now charged with felony murder. clark pleaded not guilty to that charge and one count of murder. under the felony murder law, prosecutors don't have to prove the killing was intentional. he's accused of strangling her and stuffing her body inside a wall in september. the motive for that killing remains unclear. all right. let's check out the weather picture. >> yep and the weather picture, take a look in southern california right now. as you can see in the doppler, there was some precipitation and look at how the rains have left garbage on california shores from all the erosion, these video pictures are from pacifica. all the stuff that washed up and they collected it as well they should. and there are a number of buildings ta are about to fall in as well because the erosion has chewed up the ground underneath it. real quickly, take a look at th
a major taliban attack this morning. that's from president karzai. the taliban says that militants and suicide bombers attacked the presidential palace in kabul. it is unclear whether they made their way inside but nato confirms bombings and government buildings near the palace. and at least five people died and 38 are injured. >>> the health care debate could hinge on a one-state election tomorrow. it's a race to fill the lay senator ted kennedy's seat. senator -- stay senator scott brown, republican, is running against massachusetts attorney general, martha coakley, a democrat. recent polls suggest that the race may be closer than expected. and that got president obama on the campaign trail. >> send a leader to washington who is going to work tirelessly every single day to turn this economy around and move this country forward and to keep the american dream alive in our time and for all time. that's what martha coke sly about. >> many people in massachusetts are not happy with what's happening in washington, d.c. i think president obama coming in actually helped scott brown. >> i
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